DUNEDIN AND SPRING HILL, FLORIDA- The year was 1992 and for orthodontic patients in Spring Hill metal braces were still among the most common methods used to align teeth.

That’s not the only thing that has changed in the 20 years since Dr. Albert Fontaine opened his second orthodontic office, but it certainly is among the most noticeable.

October marked the 20th anniversary of Dr. Fontaine’s Spring Hill location. At the time the office opened, University of Florida researchers performing a demographic study had identified Hernando County as the fastest growing county in Florida.

“The area had just one full-time and one part-time orthodontist back then, so I viewed this as an area where we could fill a need for a growing population,” says Dr. Fontaine, who also is an Invisalign Teen provider.

The practice got off to a slow start the first month, Dr. Fontaine recalls, but things quickly picked up and the patient base grew. Today, it is a bustling practice.

In addition to experiencing an increasing number of patients who began asking for more aesthetic treatment options such as Invisalign or ceramic braces thanks to technological improvements, the practice has evolved in other ways. Dr. Fontaine and his staff ushered in digital technology for patient records and X-rays.

The office has undergone renovations a couple of times, too. Today our Spring Hill location features seven flat screen televisions showing movies for our patients, and it has a video game area.

“Our goal through the years has been to maintain an office environment that looks nice and is a place people look forward to coming to,” says the children’s and adult orthodontics specialist. “I feel like we’ve accomplished that.”

We are appreciative of all the families who have chosen us for their orthodontic treatment and contributed to our success through the years. We know that whether you’re from Dunedin, Spring Hill or Clearwater orthodontists are numerous these days, which means you have choices. It means a lot that you have chosen us to make your smile or your children’s smile beautiful. Thank you!

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